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Comment Re:More useless shit enslaving users (Score 2) 103

Do no evil my ass!

What's evil in this case? Yesterday you didnt have /usr/bin/raisr and you probably don't use Google+. Today you know that google has /usr/bin/raisr but you still don't have it, and you still aren't using Google+. Nothing in your life has changed materially and you are no worse off then you were yesterday. At minimum, Google was neutral, neither good nor evil. The fact that it might help other people tips it slightly in the good direction even if it never gets released as /usr/bin/raisr.

Comment Re:Misleading Article, Basically Lies (Score 1) 208

Well you can't binge all the episodes as they are only available as they are released. Which means you need to have HBO go for a minimum of 3 months. Or if you wait until the last episode of the season you can binge watch them all for the lowest cost. You just can't participate in water cooler talk about "last night's episode" until the last week.

I think the original intent was to pay say $1 an episode to be able to stream it at the same time that it's aired for regular subscribers. No delays. No subscriptions. No needing cable tv before you can sign up. Just. Plain. Streaming. A la carte.

Comment Re:Misleading Article, Basically Lies (Score 1) 208

There's a relevant The Oatmeal cartoon for Game of Throne.

If you wanted to keep up with GoT for water cooler talk with your friends/coworkers, you didn't have an option to purchase a single episode. You could pay the $14.99 for streaming HBO for 3 months when it originally aired, or you pirate. They became available on Amazon August 1st, which is always exciting to talk about a new episode 3 months after everyone else has seen/pirated/forgotten about it.

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Is The C Programming Language Declining In Popularity? (dice.com) 285

An anonymous reader writes: Java overtook C as the most popular language in mid-2015 on the TIOBE Programming Community index. But now over the last 13 months, they show C's popularity consistently dropping more and more. C's score had hovered between 15% and 20% for over 15 years but as 2016 ended, the language's popularity is now down to 8.7%. "There is no clear way back to the top," reports the site, asking what happened to C? "It is not a language that you think of while writing programs for popular fields such as mobile apps or websites, it is not evolving that much and there is no big company promoting the language."

But the Insights blog at Dice.com counters that TIOBE "has hammered on C for quite some time. Earlier this year, it again emphasized how C is 'hardly suitable for the booming fields of web and mobile app development.' That being said, job postings on Dice (as well as rankings compiled by other organizations) suggest there's still widespread demand for C, which can be used in everything from operating systems to data-intensive applications, and serves many programmers well as an intermediate language."

i-programmer suggests this could just be an artifact of the way TIOBE calculates language popularity (by totaling search engine queries). Noting that Assembly language rose into TIOBE's top 10 this year, their editor wrote, "Perhaps it is something to do with the poor state of assembly language documentation that spurs on increasingly desperate searches for more information." Maybe C programmers are just referring to their K&R book instead of searching for solutions online?

Comment Re:This is fucking awesome (Score 1) 455

Such a system isn't necessary, as it's illegal to use a smartphone during driving,

Check local laws. In my state, Indiana, the law specifically says that you can't type, transmit, or read "a text message or an electronic mail message;". FaceTime I'm not sure would fit the legal description of a an electronic mail message and it definitely wouldn't fit the definition of a text message.

In Texas, where the accident that the lawsuit pertains to, there is no state-wide cell phone use law. Individual cities may pass laws, but the accident appeared to happen in north Dallas which doesn't have a cell phone use while driving law.

In California where the lawsuit is at, I believe using a cell phone for texting and calling has been illegal for some time however it was only made illegal to use for any reason. FaceTime prior to the most recent law might have been technically allowed.

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